'American Idol XIII' to have Jan. 14 Tampa premiere
One day before the 13th season (!) of Fox's American Idol premiers on Jan. 15 -- with the completely overhauled, and very pretty, judging troika of Jennifer Lopez, Keith Urban and Harry Connick Jr. ready for battle -- Tampa Bay will get a FREE sneak peek of the upcoming shenanigans. Go to www.idolrsvp.com for a chance to win tickets to a Jan. 14 7 p.m. viewing party at the AMC Regency in Brandon. You and a guest could get to see the first ep of the new AI season, followed by a live Q&A with judges and show host Ryan Seacrest, all of whom will be cracking wise from UCLA's Royce Hall. Ratings for last season were down in an ugly way, including a 40 percent drop for the finale. Part of the blame goes to the woeful chemistry of judges Mariah Carey and Nicki Minaj, who found little to like in each other. Hopefully the new fun bunch can bring good vibes back to the reality stalwart.